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Humanizing the American: Management of Difference in American Literature
ENGL 103
Spring 2009
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: AMST 114

Literature is often described as a source of pleasure and knowledge about "human experience." This description assumes that the category of "human" is natural, eternal, and unchanging, and is simply re-presented in literature. In this course, we will challenge this idea by arguing that certain pleasures, knowledges, and experiences are claimed to be "human" through literature and are therefore used to justify the universality of the category. What we'll be reading for are the ways in which the category of "human" is assumed, created, and naturalized in literature, and how this category functions in literature that has been labeled as uniquely "American." How are differences and particularities imagined and represented in such literature? Keeping in mind that literature is always imbued with as well as shapes the historical, the social, and the cultural, we will read novels, short stories, and literary criticisms in ways that challenge our commonsensical understanding of what it means to be human and what it means to be American.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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